Col. Napoleon B. French was the son of David A. French and Mary DINGESS. He married Jane ARMSTRONG, about 1832. He was elected to the Legislator.
They had eight children:
David, Rufus, Mary E. Harriet A. Edward H. (an Attorny) John Thompson, Eliza B. and Jane M. "Jennie"
Napoleon Bonaparte French, m. Jane Armstrong, daughter of Colonel Thomas T. Armstrong. Napoleon was captain of French's Mercer County Battery of the Confederate forces and later commissioned colonel. He served as a Virginia State Senator to the 1860-61 Assembly and defeated his brother, William H. French, as Mercer County representative to the Secession Convention. Both brothers had been Whigs all their lives, but William H., a short time prior to secession had united with the Democratic party, so incensing his former political friends that they collaborated with Napoleon's friends to defeat him. The Whigs were strongly Union in sentiment, the Democrats in favor or secession. Napoleon did his best to help the Secession Convention vote against secession, but, when the state went with the Confederacy, he fought for the same cause as William did. Napoleon inherited all the land of Peter Dingess, his grandfather, by way of his Uncle Charles. He was married to Jane Armstrong, daughter of Col. Thomas T. and granddaughter of Col. Martin Armstrong. They had daughter Eliza Jane French according to email Starsound@aol.com.
[courtesy frenchfamilyassoc.com; Mara French, Sutter Creek, CA]
Jane B. Armstrong French